[ mas-ti-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈmæs tɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


of, relating to, or used in or for mastication.

noun, plural mas·ti·ca·to·ries.

Pharmacology. a medicinal substance to be chewed, as to promote the secretion of saliva.

Nearby words

  1. masthead,
  2. mastic,
  3. masticable,
  4. masticate,
  5. mastication,
  6. masticatory force,
  7. masticatory system,
  8. mastiff,
  9. mastiff bat,
  10. mastigium

Origin of masticatory

From the New Latin word masticātōrius, dating back to 1605–15. See masticate, -tory1

Related formsun·mas·ti·ca·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for masticatory


/ (ˈmæstɪkətərɪ, -trɪ) /


of, relating to, or adapted to chewing

noun plural -tories

obsolete a medicinal substance chewed to increase the secretion of saliva
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Medicine definitions for masticatory


[ măstĭ-kə-tôr′ē ]


Of, relating to, or used in mastication.
Adapted for chewing.


A medicinal substance that is chewed to increase salivation.

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